Learn to kayak!

Touring Training

The recreational/touring kayak training is designed to take a  kayaker from paddling on a pond or lake to paddling on moving water. Recreational/ Touring kayaks are suitable for this training. 

Required Safety Session

 This course is completed with the whitewater group and is designed to provide students a general overview of the two disciplines of kayaking and to train them how to safely execute a kayak wet exit. The student will also be asked to demonstrate an ability to swim by completing one length of the pool. Any student unable to make this session must coordinate with the club to complete the required safety training at a Sunday morning pool session or via another option.

 Dates and times are provided here.

Essentials of Kayaking

Day 1

Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely, potential hazards and simple rescues. A paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water.

Dates and times are provided here.

Duration: Six hours

Pack your own lunch (club does not provide lunch)

What to bring:

If not renting: Kayak, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD)

Bottle of water

Towel and complete change of clothes

Lums Pond Area 4

Day 2

This course is designed to give students tools to travel down a moving river. A local river is selected for the course.

Dates and times are provided here.

Take-Out: A short distance south of Smith’s Bridge. A shuttle is required to relocate most cars to a parking lot near the end of the paddle.

What to bring:

Kayak, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD)

Bottle of water

Pack your own lunch (club does not provide lunch)

Towel and complete change of clothes

Brandywine River Museum

In addition to the training programs listed above, we provide graduates follow-up with club paddling trips that give you a chance to safely practice your newly learned skills under the supervision of WTC experienced paddlers. Paddling trips are maintained on the WTC paddling calendar.

More Info: Contact Louise Young [email protected]